Four Big Goals for 2020

January 27, 2020

The Michigan Chamber believes there are four big goals that must be accomplished in 2020 to strengthen Michigan’s economy and keep Michigan moving forward. To achieve these goals, we need less drama and more action in Lansing.

Michigan rightfully earned the reputation as the “comeback state” during the end of the decade as tremendous progress was made in increasing Michigan’s fiscal strength by rightsizing the state budget and streamlining tax and regulatory structures.  

Today, challenges remain. But we are confident that, with strong leadership, our best days are ahead. No one individual or group can act alone to shape Michigan’s future; rather, we must embrace a shared responsibility and act together to deal with the most pressing issues facing our state. We must not allow Lansing to become like Washington, DC. 

Successful business leaders are pro-active problems solvers who are optimistic, but brutally honest about the challenges they face. Successful business leaders also have high expectations for themselves and others. Michigan’s taxpayers, working families and job creators are demanding that their governmental leaders exhibit the same traits and put partisan bickering aside for the betterment of the entire state. We need less drama and more action in Lansing if we are to achieve our goals. 

Here are four big goals that must be accomplished in 2020 to strengthen Michigan’s economy and keep Michigan moving forward: 

  • Move Forward with Building the Great Lakes Tunnel – It’s time for less talk, less litigation and more action. It is well past time for state government to take action to protect the Great Lakes by building the Great Lakes Tunnel.
  • Close the Skills Gap - The Legislature and Governor need to work together to fund the ‘Going PRO’ jobs training program and launch Michigan Reconnect to match future employees with the skill set they need to be competitive in the 21st Century economy.
  • Fix the Roads – Enough with the talking points; it’s time for the Governor and state lawmakers to finally put in place the resources needed to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges. Michigan’s economic progress will not be sustainable unless our infrastructure needs are addressed in a meaningful manner.
  • Elect pro-jobs, taxpayer-friendly legislators to the State House - We know from experience that good public policy has a positive impact on Michigan’s economic competitiveness. Today, free enterprise is under attack and some lawmakers want to turn back the clock on economic reforms that have bolstered Michigan’s comeback. For instance, a graduated income tax, a ban on charter schools, corporate income tax increases or a lessening of individual property rights are just some of the job-killing ideas that could be acted upon if taxpayer-friendly candidates are not elected in November. Currently, these job-killing bills are being blocked, but a change in leadership in the State House would push them to the front of the line.   

The Michigan Chamber will remain steadfast in our fight to protect you and your employees from government overreach. We have no doubt that in the race for jobs, we must position Michigan with a stable tax and regulatory climate to attract the investment needed to grow Michigan’s economy.